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Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is looking forward to a return to the Premier League next season and could be set for a return to England’s top tier after the Nigerian was linked with a move to newly promoted Norwich City.
The Chelsea hero spent the second half of last season in a short-term deal at Middlesbrough but the Teeside club missed out on the Championship play-offs, and he is now looking for a new team to play for in the Premier League next season.
“I think I will prefer to stay in England and continue my education in football,” said Mikel in an interview with Nigerian website Sports 247.
“My family is here and it is a country that I have lived for more than 10 years, so preferably I will play in England next season, hopefully in the Premier League.”
In a another interview with west African website AOI Football, Mikel also revealed his plans to return to international duty this summer at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The 32-year-old Nigerian skipper has not played for the Super Eagles since last summer’s World Cup but is keen to resume his international career in this summer’s African Cup of Nations.
“I met with coach Gernot Rohr and we discussed his plans for the team in the forthcoming tournament,” Mikel said.
“All I can say is that I am delighted and happy because I am coming to the Nations Cup.”
Mikel has won 85 caps and scored six goals for Nigeria since making his full international debut in 2005 against Libya.
This competition might just be his last for Nigeria as the legendary midfielder could bow out at the end of the season.